Kony 2012, know everything?

By Bryan White

In the past week users of Facebook and Twitter couldn’t steer away from this video. The Kony 2012 campaign that has been sweeping the social network scene and many are calling it the new SOPA and PIPA experiment.

Though the real question is, does watching this video really get you the full idea of what is going on and what Invisible Children, the group that made the video,  is all about? The answer to that question is no.

Kony 2012 is ultimately an idea that with enough backing by American citizens (via convincing celebrities and politicians to share the video above and promote it),  the government will provide military funding to focus on tracking and capturing Joseph Kony and bringing him to justice for his wide spread murder and kidnaping of children to serve in his army . Now, if this was the only intent of the group it would be fine, but it is not and many people do not realize this.

Invisible children is one of those groups that is shining the light on things that weren’t really covered in the span of 30 minutes. In its post titled “We got trouble,” there is more to meet the eye on where donations really go to. For example, “last year, the organization spent $8,676,614. Only 32% went to direct services, with much of the rest going to staff salaries, travel and transport and film production.” Ultimately every ten dollar donation you give grants that only $3 will make it to the cause you intend it to go to.

Not only does invisible children support and help certain military (i.e the Ugandan army) but they spend some of the resources on them as well. “Still, the bulk of Invisible Children’s spending isn’t on supporting African militias, but on awareness and film-making. Which can be great, except that Foreign Affairs has claimed that Invisible Children (among others) ‘manipulates facts for strategic purposes, exaggerating the scale of LRA abductions and murders and emphasizing the LRA’s use of innocent children as soldiers, and portraying Kony — a brutal man, to be sure — as uniquely awful, a Kurtz-like embodiment of evil’.”

Kony is a horrible person as the video proclaims, but in that video Invisible Children is not giving all the information. Not only is that dishonest but, in the case of them taking donations, it is manipulative as well.

Before you give your donations you should know that most of your money won’t be going towards helping the children or stopping Kony.


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